Preston City Council election, 2012

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Elections to Preston City Council took place on 3 May 2012,[1] the same day as other United Kingdom local elections, 2012.

Preston council is elected "in thirds", which means one councillor from each three-member ward and selected councillors from a number of two-member wards are elected each year, followed by one year free from any elections to ensure all councillors serve a full term.

Two wards will have 'double elections' due to early resignations.

Due to the "in thirds" system, the 2012 election results below are directly compared with the corresponding elections in 2008, with the change in vote share calculated on this basis. Other elections can be found at Preston local elections.

Summary[edit]

Preston Local Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 7 3 -1 9 46.1 14,191 +40.1
  Conservative 8 -2 6 31.6 9,718 -27.8
  Liberal Democrat 3 1 2 13.7 4,207 -73.4
  Independent 1 1 2 6.5 1,990 +55.2
  Green 1.3 391 +81.1
  England First 1.0 293 +63.0

Ward results[edit]

Ashton[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Conservative Party, majority 113. Ashton was a Labour gain from the Conservatives at the 2011 elections

Preston City Council Elections: Ashton ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Elizabeth Wildgoose 682 55.3 +10.0
Conservative Keith Sedgewick 480 38.9 -15.8
Liberal Democrat Stephen Mullen 72 5.8 N/A
Majority 202
Turnout 1,234
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Brookfield[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Conservatives, with a majority of 91. The Brookfield ward is in the north-east of the borough.

Preston City Council Elections: Brookfield ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Philip Corker 1,020 75.6 +28.7
Conservative Christopher Rigby 329 24.4 -28.7
Majority 69.1
Turnout 1,349
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Cadley[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Liberal Democrats, majority 386. When this councillor resigned in 2010, it was held by the Liberal Democrats in the resulting by-election. Cadley is at the west of the Fulwood area of the borough.

Preston City Council Elections: Cadley ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Potter 826 50.2 -6.9
Conservative Yvonne Driver 411 25.0 -10.3
Labour John Young 408 24.8 +17.7
Majority 415
Turnout 1,645

Deepdale[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by an independent candidate, majority 348. Labour won the seat at the 2011 elections.

Preston City Council Elections: Deepdale ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Terry Cartwright 1,023 53.4 -4.0
Labour Samir Vohra 865 45.1 +10.1
Conservative Sheila Heys 28 1.5 -6.1
Majority 158
Turnout 1,916

Fishwick[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by the Labour Party, majority over the Liberal Democrats of 41. The former township[2] lies to the east of the A6 London Road.

Preston City Council Elections: Fishwick ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Martyn Rawlinson 909 84.3 +36.2
Conservative Steve Allen 169 15.7 N/A
Majority 740
Turnout 1,078

Garrison[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Conservative Party, majority 883. Garrison is in the northeast of the borough, with Fulwood Barracks at its centre.

Preston City Council Elections: Garrison ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stuart Greenhalgh 828 50.2 -16.6
Labour Steve Ratcliffe 566 34.3 +16.4
Green Ian McCormick 146 8.9 N/A
Liberal Democrat Greg Vickers 109 6.6 -8.7
Majority 262
Turnout 1,649

Greyfriars[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Conservative Party, majority 1,237. It lies at the north of the Fulwood area, with the M55 motorway at its northern edge, intersected by the West Coast Main Line. The ward is predominately suburban, and a white population of nearly 95%[3]

Preston City Council Elections: Greyfriars ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Damien Moore 1,077 55.1 -16.2
Labour Alan Woods 550 28.1 +18.1
Liberal Democrat Michael Yates 328 16.8 -1.9
Majority 527
Turnout 1,955

Ingol[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Liberal Democrats, majority 154. Ingol and Tanteron lie in the north of the borough, to the east of the A6 Garstang Road.

Preston City Council Elections: Ingol ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Pauline Brown 698 43.3 -5.6
Labour John Rochford 572 35.5 +24.3
Conservative Andrew Jagger-Walker 342 21.2 -18.7
Majority 126
Turnout 1,612

Ingol and Tanterton Neighbourhood Council[edit]

There was inaugural elections to a 10-member Neighbourhood Council covering the Ingol ward on the same day.[4] There was 13 candidates, all of whom independent candidates.[5]

Larches[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Liberal Democrats, majority 384. This ward has been won by the Labour Party in the preceding 2009 and 2010 elections

Preston City Council Elections: Larches ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mark Yates 863 48.2 +9.9
Liberal Democrat Elaine Abbot 732 40.8 -20.9
Conservative Owen Wordley 197 11.0 N/A
Majority 131
Turnout 1,792
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

Lea[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by the Conservative Party, gaining from the Liberal Democrats, with a majority of 88. The ward is coterminous with Lea and Cottam civil parish.

Preston City Council Elections: Lea ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Trevor Hart 773 50.0 +1.4
Labour Lee Bradshaw 404 26.1 +18.4
Liberal Democrat Jason Jeffrey 369 23.9 -19.8
Majority 369
Turnout 1,546

Rural East[edit]

Preston Rural East is a large rural division won in corresponding 2008 elections by Conservative Party, majority 785. The ward contains the civil parishes of Broughton, Haighton, and Grimsargh.

Preston City Council Elections: Preston Rural East ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Thomas Davies 741 62.4 -11.5
Labour Gerard Parke-Hatton 273 23.0 +13.9
Green Ulrike Zeshan 92 8.3 N/A
Liberal Democrat Peter Lawrence 81 7.3 -9.7
Majority 468
Turnout 1,187

Rural North[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Conservative Party, majority 1,628, the ward of Preston Rural North covers the civil parishes of Woodplumpton, Barton, Whittingham, and Goosnargh

Due to the resignation of Councillor Kate Calder[6] the poll for Rural North will be a double vacancy, making direct comparison with the corresponding 2008 election too inaccurate.

Preston City Council Elections: Preston Rural North ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lona Smith 1,423
Conservative Alexandra Thompson-Ortega 1,208
Labour Alan Mathews 353
Liberal Democrat Rebecca Finch 269

Ribbleton[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Labour Party, majority 381 over the Conservatives. Situated in the east of the borough, Ribbleton extends across to the Red Scar industrial estate in addition to the mix of suburban and terraced communities closer to Preston City Centre. Parts of the division are amongst the most deprived in England[7]

Preston City Council Elections: Ribbleton ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Nicholas Pomfret 881 66.1 +9.1
England First Mark Cotterill 293 22.0 N/A
Conservative Daryl Bamber 158 11.9 -15.8
Majority 588
Turnout 1,332

Riversway[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Labour Party, majority 251. Labour regained the seat in a 2010 by-election. Riversway contains the former Preston Dock, suburban residential areas and County Hall.

Preston City Council Elections: Riversway ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Linda Crompton 955 80.1 +38.2
Conservative Hussain Mulla 125 10.5 -3.3
Liberal Democrat Wilf Gavin 112 9.4 -14.0
Majority 830
Turnout 1,192

Sharoe Green[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Conservative Party, majority 787. This division contains the Royal Preston Hospital.

Preston City Council Elections: Sharoe Green ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Walker 856 45.6 -16.9
Labour John Wilson 734 39.1 +22.3
Green Helen Disley 153 8.1 N/A
Liberal Democrat Peter Mylroie 136 7.2 -13.5
Majority 122
Turnout 1,879

St George's[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Labour, majority 173, the ward of St George's consists of terraces off Deepdale Road, some University of Central Lancashire Halls of Residence, and recently built private apartments. The ward has a population which is approximately 65% white and 30% Asian.[8]

Due to the resignation of Councillor Taalib Shamduddin[9] the contest for St George's will be a double vacancy, which makes direct comparison with the corresponding 2008 election inaccurate.

Preston City Council Elections: St George's ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anis Faruki 679
Labour James Hull 659
Conservative Louise Petherwick 71
Conservative Philip Ceurden 61
Liberal Democrat Stephen Wilkinson 54

St Matthew's[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Labour Party, majority 199, the St Matthew's ward contains Preston Prison at the far corner of the ward, at the junction of the A6 London Road. At the 2001 Census, the ethnic profile of St Matthews was over 70% white, with three areas within the division amongst the 10% most deprived in England[10]

Preston City Council Elections: St Matthews ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Veronica Afrin 1,114 89.3 +25.4
Conservative Linda Hubberstey 133 10.7 -5.8
Majority 981
Turnout 1,247

Town Centre[edit]

Based on the areas of Avenham, Frenchwood and the City Centre, the ward of Town Centre is the largest non-rural ward in the borough. The 2008 result was a Labour hold, with a majority of 74 over an independent candidate. The ward is over 60% white and almost a third Asian or Asian British [11]

Preston City Council Elections: Town Centre ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Michael Lavalette 967 48.5 N/A
Labour Salim Desai 872 43.8 +2.9
Conservative David Treasure 154 7.7 -5.2
Majority 95
Turnout 1,993
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Tulketh[edit]

Won in corresponding 2008 elections by Labour Party, majority 54 over the Liberal Democrats, and in a by-election later that year with a majority of 23.

Preston City Council Elections: Tulketh ward 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Matthew Brown 832 59.1 +22.7
Liberal Democrat Neil Darby 421 29.9 -2.6
Conservative Sharon Riley 154 10.9 -20.1
Majority 411
Turnout 1,407

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elections 2012 Preston City Council
  2. ^ A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 7 British History
  3. ^ Greyfriars ward profile Preston City Council
  4. ^ Voting date for parish council in city suburb Lancashire Evening Post
  5. ^ Election Results - Ingol and Tanterton Neighbourhood Council Preston City Council
  6. ^ Pair quit roles as councillors Lancashire Evening Post
  7. ^ Ward Profile Preston City Council
  8. ^ Ward Profile Preston City Council
  9. ^ Pair quit roles as councillors Lancashire Evening Post
  10. ^ Ward Profile Preston City Council
  11. ^ Ward Profile Preston City Council]